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When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.

Length of Velvet / late 17th–early 18th century, Italian

Three preserved human fetuses, presented in an antique display cabinet. The first is an altogether healthy fetus, the second suffers Polymelia, six arms, and the final, suffers a rare infection of the Shope papilloma virus, which causes of series of horn like growths in the forehead. These three are part of a large collection of human specimens, afflicted with various genetic diseases. more photographs - http://alexcf.com/blog/?p=1546

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Designs that make us superhuman - in pictures

A silver prosthetic nose from the mid-19th century. Syphilis caused the destruction of the nose, which gave rise to 18th-century 'No-nose clubs'. This one was worn by a woman who had lost hers to the disease

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INCREDIBLE Sharp & Dohme Chocolate Coated Strychnine Cork Top Paper Label Bottle

Chocolate-coated Strychnine Tablets - These were prescribed for heart and respiratory ailments in the later 19th & early 20th Centuries.

Obstetric phantom, Italy, 1701-1800: Manipulating the cloth ‘baby’ in the womb of this almost life-size model of the female torso shows how birth takes place. It also shows how abnormal positions of the child affect the process. The wood and leather model was used to teach medical students, and possibly midwives, about childbirth.

The Galgano Sword in the Stone inside the Montesiepi Chapel by Adrian Michael. This is the actual sword in stone, now kept under glass and lock and key. The sword has been verified as an authentic 12th century sword. Galgano was beatified four years after his death.

Two wooden anatomical figures 17th century A pair of models with removable chest and abdomen covers. Some religious restrictions on dissection were lifted in the 15th century, which led to the wider study of anatomy, using models like these as extra teaching aids. Both figures show the heart and lungs. One shows a pregnant female with a baby in the uterus, and the other the kidney and intestines in a male.